About Us


How did SO scrappy come to be?  Well, we (Sheri and Ory) have attended many crops over the years, both together and separately.  We'd been talking for a couple of years about wanting to host retreats, but hadn't found the right avenue yet.  Unbeknownst to us, God was working behind the scenes. 

Another long time retreat host and dear friend was ready to retire.  Now mind you, she had no idea we'd been talking about hosting retreats and we had no idea she was wanting to retire!  Amazing how God works!! 

While attending one of Ory's day crops, our friend asked if Ory would consider taking over hosting her retreats.  Ory was shocked and excited!  It took her by surprise!  Since Sheri and Ory had been talking about doing retreats, Ory immediately called and told Sheri about the opportunity.

Shocked, excited and very grateful!
We accepted and SO scrappy Scrapbooking & Events was born.  



Hi!  I'm Sheri Tate.  I have been married to my amazing husband, Leonard, for 40 years and live in Willard, Missouri.  We have raised 2 beautiful daughters and have 3 amazing grandchildren.  I am also a 3-year breast cancer survivor.

I have been scrapbooking since I was a teenager when my mom gave me an old leather-bound album she had stored away.  At that time, of course, I didn’t know it was called “scrapbooking.”  When my daughters were young, I became very engaged in the “art” of scrapbooking and of course they were quite the little models. Now, my grandchildren love to pose for me and I find many "selfies" left on my phone on a weekly basis! 

I have always loved photography, making crafts, scrapbooking and learning new techniques.  I'm currently obsessed with making mini albums!  I also own Clever Decor & More, a home decor and gift business.  I make wooden decor, earrings, mini scrapbook albums for those who just want to add photos and am working on adding some apparel.  This really fills my desire to craft.  It also helps to have such a supportive husband!  You'll have a chance to meet him at our crops.

I'm looking forward to providing fun crop retreats and day crops for you, so join us for a great getaway with friends and family.  I'm looking forward to meeting you and cropping with you!  Can't wait to see what I can learn from you as we develop new friendships!


Hey!  I am Ory Thompson.  I have been married to my wonderful husband, Chris, for 18 years. We live in Fair Grove, Missouri, and together have 3 beautiful daughters.  I do work full-time and have a flea market booth, but find time for what I love, too, my family, the KC Chiefs, scrapbooking and all things crafty!   
I have carried a camera around since grade school and have been scrapbooking since high school. I was introduced to a scrapbooking company in 1998, just before my first daughter was born. I was so excited that I became a consultant and bought the big $1,000 kit... but never sold a thing!  
I love using my Cricut to design and create titles, page kits, and borders.  I own Ory's Originals, which is where you can find my latest creations. 
One thing you may be wondering, 'Where did the name Ory come from?'   Nope, that is not my legal name!  My given name is Lawretta.  When I was little my grandma called me Lori, short for Lawretta.  But, I couldn't say my L's.  I'm told that when my pediatrician asked what my name was, I said, "I Ory" and she wrote down ORY.  I've been that ever since!  
I am very excited to share my love of scrapbooking by creating fun, relaxing and memorable weekends.  Can't wait to meet you and look forward to cropping with you soon!